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FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dim...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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Terraces resident celebrates a century of life

Photo Eren Goknar/Special To The Town Crier

Terraces at Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3.

She outlived the Roaring ’20s, the Depression, Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam War.

Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3, celebrating a century of milestones in American history. Kaneko recalled watching from her house near the base as planes bombed Pearl Harbor.

“Nobody knew what was happening,” she said.

Approximately 80 friends gathered in the Fellowship Hall at The Terraces at Los Altos on Pine Lane last month to commemorate Kaneko’s life and enjoy cake and sparkling wine and cider.

Terry Morrison, director of admissions at The Terraces’ health center, thanked Kaneko for bringing “her rich history” to the community.

“You have given us so many gifts,” she said.

Fellow Terraces resident Yoshiro Befu, who knew Kaneko’s brothers, recalled the entire Morey family.

A second-generation Japanese American, Kaneko was born in 1911 in South Pasadena, where her parents were prominent in the community. Her father owned a dry-goods store in Japantown in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, Kaneko found “feelings were very high against the Japanese,” as the nation was in the full throes of war hysteria. Thinking it would be hard to find a job in the U.S., she traveled to Japan, where she attended a two-year teachers’ college, majoring in home economics. Her father spent some time in a Japanese internment camp after the police picked him up off the street – the family didn’t immediately know what had happened to him.

Kaneko met her husband, a Japanese American dentist from Hawaii, through family friends, and the couple settled in Hawaii, where they had four children: Caro, Paul, Mary Ellen and Glen. Her husband passed away at the age of 45. Her two daughters, Mary Ellen and Caro, who live in Sunnyvale and Fremont, attended the birthday party.

Asked to what she attributes her long life, Kaneko said she is often asked that question.

“The only answer I can give is to choose your parents very well,” she said – Kaneko’s father lived be 100 as well.

Cathy Jensen, The Terraces’ lifestyle director, told party guests that Kaneko has lived so long because she has been active, even joining an exercise class recently.

Kaneko’s daughter, Mary Ellen Chafey, confirmed that her mother has always been active, even snow skiing until she was 79 years old. Kaneko worked in a pediatrician’s office, on her feet every day, to support her children, Chafey said. In addition, she credited her mother’s desire to “keep learning” new things for her long life.

Kaneko loves fruit and vegetables, and has always eaten healthful foods, Chafey added.

Kaneko has lived at The Terraces, formerly Pilgrim Haven, since 2002, and only recently moved from an independent apartment to assisted living, Jensen said.

“Kiyo has made many close friends here both among the residents and the staff members,” Jensen said. “She is a delightful conversationalist and is friendly with everyone.”

After several Terraces residents paid tribute to her, Kaneko accepted birthday wishes as she wiped tears from her eyes.

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